Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:What if they all behave that way (Score 1) 375

"VW is going to get fined a couple of billion"

We'll see in due time.

From my part, I wouldn't be too surprised if some public servant's bribes are find to be involved*1. That the car industry was (and are) "cheating" the tests (both lobbying the laws in their favour and pushing the limits on the certifications) is such a well-known secret that the almost hysterical reaction to this VW case (maybe the fact that it is not an American company helps too) remembers me Captain Renault's quote from Casablanca: "I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!"

So the real outcome of this scandal-of-the-week will very much depend on how much shit is below the carpet and how well each party plays its cards.

*1 If only, just think on the people accepting the numbers for the certification: "Hey! I'm an automotive engineer, I got the data from Mercedes, from BMW and other companies so I know what to expect. I know how these VAG motors are engineered as well as those from their competition, but I don't have any suspicions on how they can get within limits where all the others can't, no, no suspicions at all."

Comment Re:Don't RTFA (Score 1) 117

The real problem with "proposed principles" is the same as the "Do not track". It assumes that the players will follow the rules. They won't. They will take whatever extra is given, and otherwise only follow their own rules, which are based on what gives the most profit.
This will only make it easier for unscrupulous advertisers, as they now have published guidelines for what to defeat.

Comment Re:Cultural? (Score 1) 375

"The previous events seem to point towards a problem in the company's culture"

Back in the late 80's VW was just another (albeit quite important) car company in Europe. Then they bought Audi, and SEAT, and Skoda, and Porsche, and Ducati, and Bentley, and Lamborghini, and Scania, and MAN, and they even revived Bugatti.

Do you think that the executive board that made the transition from VolksWagen to VAG Group might had a different mindset than the old engineers' company aimed to build good Cars for the People? Do you think the kind of mentality required from such an executive board is the one with the kind of ethics that makes unthinkable to blame the minions when shit hits the fan?

Comment Re:Mozilla can't even block popups (Score 2) 117

You keep putting 'CLOUD' features in when the basic privacy/speed/control principles that underlined Firefox are being weakened. pocket lists? sync? Unwanted features that were available as addons now get forced in the browser?

Sync was great, back in the original Netscape implementation. You could sync to your own web server, configured with whatever security you wanted. No sending your bookmarks and passwords to someone else.
The sync functionality broke around Firefox 3 or so, and later it got removed instead of fixed. And then someone reinvented the wheel, but this time square.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 47

Given the options, I take the "factor" to mean "reason to be concerned over my own".

I think whoever wrote this poll didn't understand the words "biggest" and "factor". Before seeing the options, I was thinking RSA Inc and similar commercial factors, but the poll options made no sense in that context.
I then thought he or she meant "most likely driver", but the poll options still made no sense. If that were the case, I'd have expected to see fear of governments or corporations as options.
Perhaps he or she meant biggest pitfall?

I don't know. It's English as She is Spoke.

Comment Re:Cultural? (Score 1) 375

"I was calculating based on the report that the average affected VW was polluting over 40 times more than the maximum allowed for a car"

The cue here is that your numbersare, unluckily, an apples to oranges case: what has been discovered is that those VW were polluting *when driving* 40x more than they should *at the test*. It is a given that *all* cars pollute more in real conditions than in the test, but they don't tell us exactly how much.

Comment Re:Why not just lock down the radio portion? (Score 1) 134

I'm saying that it's impossible to regulate any hardware when it's manufactured in the very-fast-turnover factories of China, imported by a company with a lifespan of a few months, and sold quickly online at low cost. Source or no source, electronics move too fast for regulators to keep up. They can't even manage to carry out proper emissions testing on diesel cars, how are they supposed to perform compliance testing on wireless devices when a thousand new products come on the market a month in producton runs from a few units to a few million?

Comment Re:Isn't it a bit late? (Score 3, Insightful) 29

They are trying to reverse engineer one the most complicated structures in the known universe, which operates on principles unlike those of any construct of human engineering. Even greatly simplified simulations of the most miniscule parts require a supercomputer to run - and that's just for rats. Do you expect progress to be rapid?

Comment Re:I guess they realised... (Score 2) 93

No, there is not requirement to use PID files. That is simply a common way to implement a daemon. With sysvinit and sysvrc (or OpenRc), this kind of thing is an implementation detail that is out of scope.

Of course. Keeping track of running services is out of scope for a service management system. Genius.

It seems to me that the reason why pid files still exist is because sysv provides next to nothing, so people end up using the easiest, but about the worst approach available.

Patently incorrect, as I have used syslog to inspect startup crashes many times over the last *twenty years* I've been using UNIX. Maybe this has been a problem for other people, but I've never seen it. If your syslog is configured badly, that's an entirely separate problem.

Not startup. Crashes, as in segfaults. Those of course don't get logged since sysv doesn't monitor what it runs. Add the wonders of pid files to that and you get a service that sometimes needs to be fixed by hand to be restarted.

Also note that I'm talking about the init system, and not about individual services doing their own logging.

While I can't speak for all distributions (you seem to have had some history with poorly-configured environments), there is nothing wrong with using sleep based polling. The only reliable way to detect if a prerequisite service is ready is by directly polling the service. (e..g issue an HTTP GET to a web server) The timeout is to allow startup to proceed in case of an error, (so you don't end up bricked, unable to use your computer)

No, no polling. Just a plain "sleep 5" in a script that hopes that the service it depends on has time to properly get started in time. I sure hope no distribution ships this kind of crap anymore, but I seem to run into such hacks annoyingly often for some reason.

There is a reason most distributions stopped using super-servers like xinetd: on-demand startup isn't that useful. Start your service at boot. You can defer expensive tasks until the first requests, if you want, which is when you would pay that cost anyway in an "on demand" launch. Listen to on the port, block on accept(2) or select(2) or similar, and let the OS page you out to the swap partition.

Of course it's useful. Why should something like cups get started without a printer? Why should the user know to enable it once they get one? These days hardware changes at runtime, and things are expected to work when you plug in a printer or a bluetooth adapter, and not to complain or stop booting if some hardware turns out not to be there anymore.

Want to have some fun? On a systemd box, pretend you just installed some updates, and you need to restart a few daemons so they run the updated versions. Try restarting dbus (system, not user). (You might want to make sure any open files are saved first)

I get a slightly ugly message from systemctl, but other than that everything seems to be working fine. Restarted it a couple times just to be sure, checked that yep, the pid changes.

Also, you might want to actually read about UNIX before you make these kinds of accusations.

I speak from personal experience

Reading taoup is a good place to start.

Thanks, but I'm not religious. I prefer things that are convenient to those that are ideologically pure.

Comment Re:Too little, too late (Score 4, Interesting) 226

But who is playing shenanigans Samsung or Apple.
Did Apple Spec out the correct specs to Samsung and they made a cheap knockoff, after sending a batch that seems to meet initial QA, in a very German style. Or did Apple know about/agree to giving different quality products.

There's a third possibility that should not be discounted out of hand - Samsung meets the specification, while TSMC exceeds it. Without access to internal information, it's hard to tell what's going on behind the curtain and all too easy to leap on the 'obvious' conspiracy.

Of course, the various mega corps routinely indulge in behavior that makes conspiracy theories not all that far fetched...

"Lead us in a few words of silent prayer." -- Bill Peterson, former Houston Oiler football coach